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Nov. 21, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015

Today’s thought from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

Slow motion gets you there faster.

 — Hoagy Carmichael

“One of the hardest lessons for me to learn is patience,” admitted a fellow. “I’ve been in a race all my life. I suppose I could compare myself to the hare in the fable of ‘The Tortoise and the Hare.’ I jump into things, rush at them, and never seem to cross the finish line. I get side-tracked by other things that seem to need immediate attention. I never have a sense of peace. Everything has to be done by yesterday.

“I was even in a hurry in my marriage – which is one reason I’m divorced now. I wanted my wife to race with me. I wanted her to be perfect overnight. I nagged at her constantly. I was too impatient to let her grow at her own speed. Because I couldn’t slow down, I couldn’t allow her to be at peace either.

“I thought I was doing all the changing and growing. When, in reality, all I was doing was bombarding my problems and projects with a lot of momentum and very little common sense.”

Today I will slow down. I only increase my difficulties when I try to solve them in a hurry.

You are reading from the book:

The Reflecting Pond by Liane Cordes

The Reflecting Pond by Liane Cordes. © 1981 by Hazelden Foundation

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